Summary: Examines what we will need to let go of if we allow the theory of evolution to shape our thinking
Intro: 8 out of 9 school board members in Dover, PA were voted out last November. It would have been 9, but only 8 were up for re-election. It’s kind of a national tradition that being a school board member is a thankless job. But when was the last time people lined up to take the place of everyone on the school board? There’s even a court case coming up against their actions. What did they do? Misuse funds? Deceive the community? Neglect education? It’s even worse…
They dared to require a one-minute classroom statement that suggests an intelligent designer as an explanation for the complexity of some parts of the universe.
Now, the people of Dover who voted are just sure that those creationist wackos are threat to their community. I beg to differ. In fact, I’m going to urge upon you this morning that the teaching of evolution is a clear and present danger – a danger that’s threatening our generation.
So it’s going to shock you when I say this: Let’s quit fighting it. Let’s give in. Let’s go ahead and become good little evolutionists – or at least for today. Let’s try it. If it doesn’t work out, we can go back, or, maybe we can find a happy medium – maybe we can be both or something. OK?
I mean, if you want to really understand, you have to put yourself in their shoes…right? Do you want to understand your atheist neighbor? Do you want to understand your friend who just goes and partys all weekend? Do you want to understand Michael Newdow – the guy who’s trying to get “under God” removed from the pledge? I mean, wouldn’t you like to at least understand what’s behind that? Maybe this will do it! Let’s just give up the struggle! Let’s quit being the minority we’re told we are. Let’s quit being mocked in the eyes of academia. Let’s take the simplest answer – the Big Bang – and let’s relate to those people who just swallow…I man, adopt such a view. Maybe we’ll realize it’s not a clear and present danger we’ll have a lot less concern to stress us, OK?
Whew! I feel better all ready! I mean, after all, this argument has been raging on in the US since the Scopes trial of 1925. Up to that point, it seemed like science and belief in God the Creator went hand in hand. Then, something changed. God didn’t. Belief in God didn’t. Instead, science changed and began to apply its processes and energies to a new pursuit. Instead of being the discipline of learning about God’s work, it became a work to replace our need for God. After all, God is a crutch, isn’t He? There was a guy who wrote years ago that “religion is the opiate of the masses.” His name, by the way, was Karl Marx.
At the time evolution made its entrance, the biggest hitch to this liberal science agenda was creation.
Nothing could explain the existence of everything. Ps 19: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. Creation really gets in the way of living like there is no God. So, until the entrance of Evolutionary theory, there was no intelligent alternative to creation.